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Forum: Touring
08-23-12, 06:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 15,319
Posted By MrPolak

Oh no. Just speaking from personal experience. ...

Oh no. Just speaking from personal experience. The Bianchi is a fabuluous ride. At 135lb of body weight and a bit of cargo you don't need a truck.
Forum: Touring
08-23-12, 12:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 15,319
Posted By MrPolak

"Both steel frames are equal in terms of quality...

"Both steel frames are equal in terms of quality and class."

Not true. It's apples and oranges. Chromoly 520 vs. Tange double-butted goodness? You're comparing a chain store brand truck bike to...
Forum: Touring
08-22-12, 07:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 15,319
Posted By MrPolak

The Bianchi looks like a very nice bike. My...

The Bianchi looks like a very nice bike. My concern would be heel strike with panniers due to shortish chainstays, so you'd have to manage around that. This can be done by using smaller rear...
Forum: Touring
08-17-12, 06:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,844
Posted By MrPolak

I used Tektro dual pivots with good results on my...

I used Tektro dual pivots with good results on my Cannondale Synapse. I found that Ultegra long reach dual pivots have a smoother action, though, for not a whole lot of dough. They can be found on...
Forum: Touring
08-16-12, 12:53 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 13,677
Posted By MrPolak

Mine is in a separate post with pictures: ...

Mine is in a separate post with pictures: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/836109-Touring-the-Norwegian-Riviera
Forum: Touring
08-13-12, 08:38 AM
Replies: 4,538
Views: 2,278,963
Posted By MrPolak

When and where was that taken? I was doing a...

When and where was that taken? I was doing a short tour up hwy 61 from Two Harbors to around Grand Marais the weekend of Aug 4th.
Forum: Touring
08-12-12, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By MrPolak

Day 1, continued: ...

Day 1, continued:


http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b7/misterpolak/Norwegian%20Riviera%202012/100_0768.jpg
...
Forum: Touring
08-12-12, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By MrPolak

We have concluded our "tour" of the Norwegian...

We have concluded our "tour" of the Norwegian Riviera. The route was extremely pleasant with Gitchi Gami trail taking us part of the way, part riding on nice wide shoulder roads, part on reasonable...
Forum: Touring
08-11-12, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,807
Posted By MrPolak

Since you are at the end of a long tour, what do...

Since you are at the end of a long tour, what do YOU think about your XR800? That's far more important.

You already mention a wheel upgrade and switching to a triple crank. I would add a...
Forum: Touring
08-11-12, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 562
Posted By MrPolak

Here's the corrected link: ...

Here's the corrected link: http://www.adverts.ie/bikes/specialized-tricross-competition/1913590

Here's the picture of the bike for sale you mention:

266813

I have a Specialized Tricross...
Forum: Touring
08-11-12, 09:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,765
Posted By MrPolak

Based on my experience the less expensive...

Based on my experience the less expensive polymer-sprung suspension forks have a problem with seal stiction and fork flex. The better suspension solution came with Cannondale's Headshok in-headtube...
Forum: Touring
08-10-12, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,312
Posted By MrPolak

Use some sand paper to make the exposed areas...

Use some sand paper to make the exposed areas silver.
Forum: Touring
08-02-12, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By MrPolak

Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Touring
08-01-12, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By MrPolak

It's a region famously settled by immigrants from...

It's a region famously settled by immigrants from the Scandinavian countries. The nickname is widely used by Minnesotans. There you will find places like Finland...
Forum: Touring
08-01-12, 07:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,245
Posted By MrPolak

That is drop-dead gorgeous! ...

That is drop-dead gorgeous!

http://www.giostorino.it/images/stories/Immagini/ImmaginiBlog/Eridania_blog/Gios_01.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-01-12, 07:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,967
Posted By MrPolak

I just caught this thread. I had an ST700 of...

I just caught this thread. I had an ST700 of same vintage. It was an awesome, light frame, at least lighter than your typical touring bike. I really liked the ride, and the fact that mentioned...
Forum: Touring
07-31-12, 04:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,509
Posted By MrPolak

Look for an older square-taper Campagnolo Centaur...

Look for an older square-taper Campagnolo Centaur 10sp compact double. You will need a Campy square-taper bottom bracket as well. If later you decide you want to make it a triple, IRD sells a sexy...
Forum: Touring
07-31-12, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By MrPolak

Touring the Norwegian Riviera

I have spent a bit of time working in Minnesota about 10 years ago and fell in love with the place and the people. This Friday I'll be flying into Minneapolis where my friend will pick me up and...
Forum: Touring
07-31-12, 08:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,942
Posted By MrPolak

Excellent info. I'll be cycling from Two Harbors...

Excellent info. I'll be cycling from Two Harbors to Cascade River State Park and back starting this Saturday.
Forum: Commuting
01-18-12, 01:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,452
Posted By MrPolak

Marathon Supreme, 700x32, 800 miles of riding on...

Marathon Supreme, 700x32, 800 miles of riding on mixed roads, zero flats. I have picked glass shards out of the tires, but never flatted.
01-18-12, 12:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,383
Posted By MrPolak

My personal experience of three brake systems...

My personal experience of three brake systems based on actual usage in terms of braking power and set up:

1. V-brakes with travel agents. Currently on my wife's Cannondale T700. Work freaking...
Forum: Touring
05-04-11, 04:51 PM
Replies: 4,538
Views: 2,278,963
Posted By MrPolak

From the recent light tour from Atlanta to...

From the recent light tour from Atlanta to Alabama down the Silver Comet. 130 miles full of perfect weather, interesting people, wonderful scenery, and NO CARS. We rode on 2011 Specialized Tricross...
Forum: Touring
05-04-11, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 850
Posted By MrPolak

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/hiking-basi...

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/hiking-basics/regulations-permits

"Bicycles and mountain bikes are not permitted on the Trail or the Trail corridor. "

Ooooops.. didn't catch all the...
Forum: Touring
04-12-11, 09:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,924
Posted By MrPolak

The AT starts in North GA, so go a little further...

The AT starts in North GA, so go a little further north to Cherokee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountains. There you can get on the Blue Ridge Parkway and cycle it's ~470 mile length to...
Forum: Touring
04-12-11, 09:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,555
Posted By MrPolak

There are several reasons: 1. It makes for...

There are several reasons:

1. It makes for good TV.
2. It brings something different to the bicycle touring world.
3. It makes for interesting posts on bicycle forums.

Had you not posted...
04-07-11, 07:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 739
Posted By MrPolak

http://cycling.sport24blog.com/wp-content/plugins/...

http://cycling.sport24blog.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/c682d_CX1-300x200.jpg
04-07-11, 07:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 30,277
Posted By MrPolak

A good comparison of canti brakes and mini-v...

A good comparison of canti brakes and mini-v brakes (http://cycling.sport24blog.com/2010/10/07/%E2%80%99cross-brake-check-trp%E2%80%99s-new-mini-v-brake-and-eurox-magnesium/)
...
03-22-11, 09:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By MrPolak

I agree that parts bikes are tough to part with. ...

I agree that parts bikes are tough to part with. I recently very reluctantly let go of a lugged mountain Peugeot frame.

I have a Dutch '84 Peugeot that shares the frame geometry (long chainstays,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-09, 02:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,706
Posted By MrPolak

I seriously doubt 1 or 2 lbs is going to save...

I seriously doubt 1 or 2 lbs is going to save your knees on a bike. You can calculate wattage and knee joint pressure given the gear, bone length, total rider/bike weight and percentage elevation.
Replies: 8
Views: 2,924
Posted By MrPolak

Got any pics? I'm about splurge for a Bianchi...

Got any pics? I'm about splurge for a Bianchi Veloce myself.
Forum: Touring
05-04-09, 08:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,683
Posted By MrPolak

I've biked sections of the parkway on several...

I've biked sections of the parkway on several occasions. My favorite run is from Asheville to Mt. Mitchell. Last year when cruising BRP in my VW camper I met a very nice couple from Ireland who...
01-06-09, 08:02 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 66,935
Posted By MrPolak

I still have it... I still would like to "trade...

I still have it... I still would like to "trade it".
Forum: Touring
12-31-08, 07:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,730
Posted By MrPolak

Congrats! Got pics?

Congrats! Got pics?
Forum: Touring
12-31-08, 07:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,440
Posted By MrPolak

Safaris are on clearance at REI right now. If...

Safaris are on clearance at REI right now. If you are considering one, this is the time to get one!

Randonee is also deeply discounted.
12-30-08, 10:57 AM
Replies: 509
Views: 36,089
Posted By MrPolak

Yep, story indeed. I was very, very, very...

Yep, story indeed.

I was very, very, very skeptical at first. Then, after I removed both of my feet from my mouth, I felt inspired by the drive and determination Flic showed during her trip.
...
Forum: Africa
12-30-08, 10:57 AM
Replies: 507
Views: 35,017
Posted By MrPolak

Yep, story indeed. I was very, very, very...

Yep, story indeed.

I was very, very, very skeptical at first. Then, after I removed both of my feet from my mouth, I felt inspired by the drive and determination Flic showed during her trip.
...
Forum: Touring
12-23-08, 07:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,359
Posted By MrPolak

Oh.. I just wet my pants. That is GORGEOUS! ...

Oh.. I just wet my pants. That is GORGEOUS! Please follow up with full build pics!
Forum: Touring
12-23-08, 07:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,730
Posted By MrPolak

I have a T700 and I like the lighter frame as...

I have a T700 and I like the lighter frame as compared to steel tourers. It's plenty stiff too, so you don't feel like you're riding an overweight noodle. Not that there's anything wrong with steel...
12-22-08, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4,972
Views: 3,491,665
Posted By MrPolak

It's interesting that the $1400 Specialized...

It's interesting that the $1400 Specialized Tricross uses the same Alex rims. I do love the flat black paint job.

Will the decals come off?
Forum: Touring
09-26-08, 07:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,159
Posted By MrPolak

The beeping horns are nothing but an ejaculations...

The beeping horns are nothing but an ejaculations of a human brain acting immaturely. So are loud Harley pipes for that matter. Feelings of inferiority due to misconceptions of penis size are...
Forum: Touring
09-12-08, 05:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 709
Posted By MrPolak

Bears are DANGEROUS!

Cyclist OK After Crash With Bear

Fox News

Thursday, September 11, 2008


He may have been going green by riding his bicycle to work, but a Montana middle school teacher is pretty black and...
Forum: Touring
09-10-08, 11:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 948
Posted By MrPolak

The axe is a nice touch! "Speak softly and carry...

The axe is a nice touch! "Speak softly and carry a big stick"
09-10-08, 11:47 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 66,935
Posted By MrPolak

Trade my old 51cm '89 Cannondate ST800 in a so-so...

Trade my old 51cm '89 Cannondate ST800 in a so-so condition, for another old touring Cannondale in so-so condition with a bigger 54-56cm frame. Heck, we can just swap frames.
Forum: Touring
09-04-08, 06:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,395
Posted By MrPolak

OK, I'll be serious this time. :-) Downtube...

OK, I'll be serious this time. :-)

Downtube shifters give you freedom - the freedom to swap handlebars from drop to flat to moustache, and in friction mode, common with bar-ends, allow you to run...
Forum: Touring
09-04-08, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,395
Posted By MrPolak

Because it is "the way". Anyone going against...

Because it is "the way". Anyone going against "the way" is a radical revolutionist, a Darwinian outcast, a no-good think-for-self heathen. You will bow down to "the way". You WILL use...
Forum: Touring
09-03-08, 05:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,046
Posted By MrPolak

us Eastern Europeans might can find some 700c...

us Eastern Europeans might can find some 700c wheels/tires and such, I rekon. So if you ever come 'round to our neck of th'woods, we'll pretund lahk we are modern and stuff. Heck, my brother just...
Forum: Touring
09-02-08, 10:25 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,610
Posted By MrPolak

While touring up in North Georgia a month ago I...

While touring up in North Georgia a month ago I took this blurry shot with my camera phone:


http://nicedeb.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/patterson_bigfoot.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-11-08, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,117
Posted By MrPolak

Aw, man... I JUST GOT BACK FROM CAMBRIDGE! I...

Aw, man... I JUST GOT BACK FROM CAMBRIDGE! I could have looked at it and possibly bought it.

By the way, Cambridge is a great town for cycling. I rented a bicycle instead of a car while I was...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-08, 06:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 723
Posted By MrPolak

Cambridge, MA is DA BOMB!

I'm in Cambridge, MA, on business for 4 days. Instead of renting a car I rented a bike, which was my plan before I knew anything about the area. With MIT and Harvard in the near area there bike...
Forum: Touring
07-23-08, 06:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,566
Posted By MrPolak

Trekking bars look weird, but trust me, they are...

Trekking bars look weird, but trust me, they are very, very comfortable. Your hands never get bored.
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